In our last blog, we addressed some common problems that might be causing your dog to pee in your house, outside of a basic lack of training. In that post, we listed medical conditions as one of the reasons why your dog might be struggling to follow his urinary training.
It is a topic that deserves attention for puppy and dog owners, because, above anything else, your dog’s health should be the top priority. If you see your dog urinating under abnormal circumstances, it’s time to diagnose the cause. Our Puppy Pee Pads are extremely useful, but even great training can’t help a dog with a condition that’s forcing them to go!
Here are some common urinary problems that dogs face, and what signs they show.
Urinary incontinence occurs when a dog has lost control of their urethral sphincter, which is essentially the muscle that facilitates bladder control. Without being able to hold in their urine, dogs with incontinence tend to steadily leak urine throughout the day. Incontinence has a spectrum of severity — some dogs hardly leak at all, while more extreme cases do so almost continuously. If your dog’s accidents happen in the form of steady drops and predictable patterns, they might have incontinence. Best to see your vet if this is the case — there is medication that can help treat it.
Dogs don’t have a monopoly on urinary tract infections (UTIs) — humans can get them too, and if you ever have, you’ll know just how unpleasant of an experience it is. This is surely something you do not want for your dog, and once again, it is a good reason to take a trip to your nearby vet. There’s a possibility the UTI could be affecting your dog’s kidneys, so on top of messing with the dog’s potty routine, it can also be a serious threat to their life.
One of the most serious out of all these conditions, acute kidney failure can happen from a variety of causes, and it will have an adverse effect on your dog’s urination patterns. They will probably drink and pee more than normal, likely outside of their training, and this activity might be accompanied by fatigue, laziness, or lethargy. If you’re seeing these signs in conjunction, don’t wait around — run to your vet! Your dog’s health could be at major risk. There are many factors that could cause kidney failure. Toxic foods, old age, infection, and more can be at the heart of the problem.
We’re dog fanatics at New Puppy Pads, and that’s why we’ve made it our life’s work to help puppy and dog owners all over to train their pets through our puppy pee pads. These are extremely useful in the potty training process, and available in both washable and disposable varieties. However, sometimes not all is well with your dog, and no matter how well you’ve trained them, they might break some of their urinary habits. If that has happened and you’ve seen any of the symptoms in this post, make sure to bring your dog to a professional veterinarian as soon as possible! And, of course, for quality Puppy Pads, be sure to browse our online shop.